Monday, January 08, 2007

The 4 C's of Autism: Cause, Cure, Create and Controversy

I've been immersed in the duel-world controversy about autism recently, due in large part to my entry last week on Huffington Post. My title, "The Crappy Life of the Autism Mom" created a shitstorm. I expected that - but that wasn't my intention. No, I mean that, stop rolling your eyes!

There are many organizations looking for a cure for autism. That alone is a controversial statement. But it's true. I've got a question that precedes that concept though.

Shouldn't we find out if we are creating autism? That's it. Are we creating autism?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

No, you are prejudiced against autistic people. Any form of a cure is a step towards eugenics. If you slaughter all the autistics by curing them, there won't be any more Einsteins and the whole world will go to hell. You have to embrace the autism and celebrate the joy of feces smearing. Don't you know you're stifling autistic creativity by discouraging creative feces smearing?

Kim Stagliano said...

george glass.... is that you?

Mary said...

I am glad I stumbled upon you blog - via your recent article. Good questions and I am looking forward to reading your older posts.

Anonymous said...

WTF? Cure = eugenics? Tell that to Lance Armstrong dude. You're nuts anon.

anon II said...

anon was trying to be facetious. really pretty pathetic.

Laura said...

George Glass is so dreamy! Great question, Kim! I have a hunch we are. Strangely enough, my younger son who didn't have immune issues and wasn't vaccinated is...NT. My older son who had colic, eczema, AND got all of his vaccines does have Autism. What was the special recipe for this creation? If older son didn't have colic and eczema first (meaning, if I hadn't introduced to him dairy, first through my latte-poisoned breast milk, and later through cow's milk) would he still have been autistic after vaccines? Or if younger son had received all of his vaccines, would he be autistic? I'm not taking chances to test out the immune issues/vaccine recipe on any future progeny, if we have them!

Anon 111

Kim Stagliano said...

George is every girls' fantasy. But I fear a lot of Harvey Klingers have been coming in and posting anon -- you can spot them a mile away. I won't let hem "bug" me though....

Anonymous said...

Hi Kim; Are you willing to share the reason(s) you deleted the majority of this post?

Anonymous said...

Kim,

I just want to applaud you for writing the things you do about autism. With 3 girls affected it's a no brainer that you have your hands extremely full. Yet, you share your insights with great humor.

To put yourself out here to get grief from the neuro-diverse crowd is what I can't understand. You handle it all so well. I suspect you are affecting more people in a positive manner.

Please keep sharing your experiences. There are so many of us out here who love you and your writing.

Kim Stagliano said...

Dear Anon, I changed the post because I was veering away from my real intent - to ask a simple question. Even I was confused when I read the final version! I need a machete to whack down the number of words I use - something I'm learning as a writer.

Liane Gentry Skye said...

Kim, I stumbled across your blog in the oddest way, but I just wanted to let you know that there is room for all voices out there. Only by airing disagreements within our community can we form a common ground to present to the world.

As the mom of children with autsm spanning the gamut from worst case to best case scenarios, I'm not pro-cure, nor am I anti-cure. I'm pro-individual, I guess. My children even argue over cure/no cure. Amazing how the most severe one begs to be cured (amazing young man, mostly nonverbal, but uses augcom) and the highest functioning one says....no thanks, I'm cool.

The oldest, my daughter....is torn on the issue.

And did I ever do my share of poopie diapers. :)

Keep writing. Argument is a good thing.

Liane